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B.C. Premier John Horgan presenting at the Reconciliation Policy Forum in the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue.


Questions of reconciliation explored through SFU Public Square

March 28, 2018

A Reconciliation Policy Forum hosted by SFU Public Square and the SFU School of Public Policy on March 16, 2018 attracted 132 participants representing a broad range of sectors and stakeholders from across the country.

These included Chief Robert Joseph and 44 First Nations members, as well as B.C. Premier John Horgan, the Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould, Attorney General of Canada, the Hon. David Eby, Attorney-General of B.C., and SFU President Andrew Petter.

“Our hope for this event was that we could, through a day of learning and dialogue, identify policy shifts and partnership possibilities that could increase the pace, range and scope of reconciliation initiatives in British Columbia,” says Janet Webber, executive director, SFU Public Square.

The day’s dialogue comprised three key questions:

Social policy: How do we shift from expenditure concerns to investment commitments on Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls, education, health and social development?

Economic policy: Where does B.C. find the political will to reconcile conflicts about land, resources (fish, forests, minerals) FPIC and UNDRIP?

Political/government machinery: What has to change in government operations to achieve Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples calls, treaties, self-government agreements and true reconciliation?

A full report on the responses and suggested solutions will be available on the SFU Public Square website later this spring.

The forum attracted First Nations members from across B.C. and Canada.